The Arbor Day Foundation has named Montana State University a 2012 Tree Campus USA in honor of its commitment to effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.
It is the first time MSU has earned the designation. The national program was created in 2008.
“We are honored to be recognized for our ongoing stewardship of our tree resources,” said E.J. Hook, environmental services manager. “Being designated as a Tree Campus USA validates our efforts, process and commitment to responsible management of our trees, both now and into the future.”
MSU achieved the designation by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures toward trees, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects.
According to the Arbor Day Foundation, Tree Campus USA colleges and universities invested $23 million in campus forest management last year. More information about the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCampusUSA.
Contact: E.J. Hook, (406) 994-7840 or Edward.email@example.com